A Ro Sham Beaux with Despereaux—two mice locked in disagreement win wildlife photography award.
From amongst 48,000 images from 100 countries, the photograph titled "Station Squabble" by Sam Rowley garnered the most public votes and won the LUMIX People's Choice Award for wildlife photography. Professional photographer Sam Rowley was announced the winner last week by London's National History Museum.
Rowley spent nearly a week lying around on his stomach in the London Underground tunnels to get the dramatic perspective required. Those uncomfortable hours—often overlapping with late-night carousers—all coalesced in a second's time when the award-winning shot was taken. The biblical clash took only a second, as Rodentia Cain and Abel quarreled over scattered crumbs. But Rowley preserved the moment in much the same way that Giordano painted two archangels fighting, and describes what happened next:
"Just after I took this photo, I was laying down on the platform and the next thing I knew there was this drunk, sweaty guy lying on top of me. And I thought 'What are you doing?' and he was like 'Are you OK? Are you OK?' and I was like 'Yeah, I'm completely fine. I'm obviously just taking photos of the mice, you know, as you do.' And he's like 'Ah, sorry mate, I thought you'd had a heart attack."
"Station Squabble" took on viral steam and won the People's Choice, but great photos won other awards, like a Himalayan marmot's mortal fright or an orangutan in boxing gloves. You can check out the full gallery of other contestants here.
"It's been a lifetime dream to succeed in this competition in this way, with such a relatable photo taken in such an everyday environment in my hometown,” Rowley said of his mice in a release. “I hope it shows people the unexpected drama found in the most familiar of urban environments.”
"Station Squabble" has been an internet favorite for a couple of months now. Once you've appreciated the original picture, I submit for your consideration these edits from Reddit user u/Ainsley-Sorsby's post to r/photoshopbattles.
Or, my personal favorite:
What do you think of "Station Squabble"? Can you tell which mouse will win? What would you do if a subway mouse tried to fight you for your lunch?
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